Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
3,641 Ratings
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of Chadpaq
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just isn't the IPA for me.

Upon reception, I was quite impressed with the color. Seemed to be darker than most of the IPAs I've had recently, and it has a full, thick-fingered head. It receded to leave a lot of sticky lace on my pint glass, and I was really looking forward to delving in to this baby.

But it just fell a little short.

Not very hoppy. I guess that may have something to do with the fact that it was "wet hopped"...? Maybe someone can clarify that for me. I tasted a ton of malty sweetness--not really what I was expecting.

This beer isn't that bad. I'd call it a fair IPA. Something's just not quite right about it.

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Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

60-65 IBUs
OG 16.5 Plato, FG 4.0 Plato
24 oz bottle from 2010 batch, bottled on the 266th day of the year (September 23, 2010 I suppose), poured into a wine glass on November 27, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Slight hazy, amber-red hued with a big, dense head; excellent head retention and lacing. Got clearer with rising temperature.

Aroma 3/5
My apologies for not being in a room devoid of all other smell (pizza, flowers, carpet...) but it's hard to pick any aroma from it. A weak smelling beer! There are bready sweet malts and the hop aroma becomes a little assertive with rising temperature but that's about it. Smells like "beer" was the second opinion I sought. Damn SN, first Celebration and then this! Great tasting beer, as I have written later, but lackluster aroma.

Taste 4.5/5
Riding on a simple, lightly sweet malt base is a solid hop presence that would put many AIPAs to shame! Very flavorful and massively bitter, this beer is a good example of how IBUs could be deceptive, as far as the perceived bitterness goes: as an example, KBS is 70 IBUs and is certainly bitter, among other things, but bitterness would never be central to that beer; while in the case of Northern Hemisphere Harvest, flavorful bitterness reigns supreme with earthy and spicy hop character, and some citrus. The hop profile is reminiscent of Surly Furious to some extent, although this beer precedes Furious by years.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Sticky and resiny hop presence on this medium bodied beer, with medium carbonation and a semi-dry bittering finish.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Very good drinkability but when it comes to throwing back a few, I'd prefer Daisy Cutter because of 1.5% less ABV. Otherwise flawless!

A great beer that celebrates simplicity and balance without any hype or overpricing. This is a wet hop ale I really like even though the wet hop character seemed muted after 2 months of bottling. Seeing as this beer was brewed with Centennial hops, I was looking for a character similar to all Centennial Bell's Two Hearted and Founders Centennial but the fruitiness was missing and this one was very clean with only the bitterness shining. Highly recommended. Did I mention it's less than $5 for a 24 oz. bottle?!

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Photo of begforme4484
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pairing this bottle with my 3rd helping of Thanksgiving leftovers. :)

Pours a copper with a nice orange hue. Decent off white head with spotty lacing.

Smells like spicy and oily hops. Not much else gathered from the nose.

A nice bitterness right away. Slowly a citrus zing shines through, with a nice warmth following it. Finishes bitter, and with a linger.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, and lingering.

Drinkability is good. It's nice and bitter, but I couldn't see sitting down and having more than 2 pints of it. Also, as always, Sierra Nevada's cheap pricing always makes their ales much more appealing.

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Photo of Buckmaister
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a mug between 45-50 degrees
a huge 5-finger head which stays around for a while. Color is a medium amber (slightly darker than apple juice) . A decent amount of lacing left over.

The odor of hops is clearly evident but not much else strong enough to pick up on.

Hmm...intriguing. I can't really pin-point anything in particular. No bitterness or fruity flavors. It's still enjoyable to drink, but a bit on the bland side. You certainly can't taste the extra alcohol in it (6.7%) though.
This beverage is pleasant on the tongue. The wet hops make it extraordinarily smooth.

This ale is really easy to drink. It has very little carbonation and due to its lack of distinct flavors this should appeal greatly to the average beer drinker who enjoys ordinary American lagers.

This is a good beer, but not bold enough to really be anything special.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a mammoth head that fizzles into a one finger head and stays there. The beer is a wonderful, slightly transparent copper color. This one's a beauty. Lacing is present down the glass as well. The aroma of citric hops escapes from the glass and can be smelled from five feet away, also some sweet grassy smells. Citric hops come to the forefront of the palate, with grassy, earthier hops coming in to dominate the palate. It has wonderful bitterness, and some malt taste balances out the finish and aftertaste. It is medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated, with the taste smoothly rolling around in the mouth. The pleasant taste and medium body combine for a wonderfully drinkable beer.

This is one of my favorite SN offerings, I'd rate it a bit above their Homegrown Wet Hop Ale, which I also really liked. If you like hops without the complete bitterness overload, look no further.

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Photo of speter
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a two-finger fluffy white head that leaves amazing lacing.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine and citrus both in abundant quantities.

T: Bracingly bitter with enough malt to balance, but rather uncomplex, in that there isn't really much development across the palate. The citrus aspects of the hops are much more dominant in the taste (as opposed to more pine notes in the nose).

M: Medium body and good carbonation to spread around all the nice hop oils. The hops nicely coat the tongue after a short time.

D: A wonderfully drinkable beer from SN.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Pours a brilliant amber with some orange highlights. A big, white, sticky head caps it off. Real inviting.

Nose is almost all hops. Not a bad thing. Hugh bouquet of fresh cut grass, pine resin, and citrus. There is a sweetness to it all. I wish I could burn a candle with this smell.

Taste leans toward hops rather than all out balance. Everything in the nose comes out in the taste. Nice bitterness. There's also a pleasant creaminess to it all. There's enough malt to check the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, as is the drinkability. The hops coat the tongue rather than scapping the bitterness across.

This one is my favorite of the Harvest beers SN puts out. Great beer.

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Photo of prg1976
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, with a frothy white head. Lots of lacing.

Smells super fruity. Citrus, a little pine in there too.

Tastes a dry but slightly sweet citrus flavor. Bitter, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is good, but the bitterness could get to you after a while.

Very drinkable, gets a little tastier as it warms up.

Overall, a very good brew.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This pours a nice amber color with a white frothy head. The head left good lacing on the glass. There was also good clarity.

S - This has a very nice fresh hop scent. There is also a nice malty sweetness and citrus notes as well.

T - Nice and hoppy with a good amount of citrus. There is a nice malty background that gives this beer a good balance. The finish is lightly hoppy, and there is some citrus also present.

M - The mouthfeel was good. It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down smoothly and I find it to be very refreshing.

D - I think this has really good drinkability. Its refreshing and goes down easy. It is nicely balanced which makes it go down smoothly. It also has a very fresh taste to it that makes me want to go out and buy another. I'm glad I picked up this one.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely orange amber colour with an impressive two-finger thick khaki coloured head. Smell is much more balanced than I was really expecting. Pine resin and citrusy hops are definitely present, but there is also a nice sweet malty presence, as well.
This, of course, was rather hoppy, but not as assertive as I was prepared for. It really ended up being well balance all the way around. Sweet malts up front, then turning abruptly bitter but very pleasant and not at all "overdone" or cloying.
Easy drinking, smooth mouthfeel with very modest carbonation. Not really my style, the whole American IPA thing, but occasionally I feel to drink a beer like this and this one hit the spot. Well done.

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Photo of boss302
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere 

A Red amber in appearance, nice thick head 4.5

S A slight citrusy hop aroma. Not as much aroma as I wiuld have expected.  Though slight hop aroma,it is quite nice. 4 

T Chocolaty roasted malt goodness. It is surprising that such flavor comes from a medium colored beer. Hops are dominant, but malt is a big part of this beer. 4.5

M Medium to heavy body. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on. 4.5

D This is s nice drinking beer. If you like big hops with supporting malt you should like this beer. 4    

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

66th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- To me it was the carbon copy of apple juice except it had a two finger head on it. Very low carbonation in the glass though.

Smell- Super hoppy with a grassy undertone.

Taste- Hoppy, bitter with a small bit of citrus like a lemon peel.

Mouth- Leaves your mouth with that feeling of being soggy. Just a lot of liquid on the palate.

Drink- Was a good beer. I liked it. Something different in an IPA style.

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Photo of cruzncomet
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Lacing on the pour was perfection. Nice copper color.

S= reading the label I thought I may have had to cut through the hops smell, but if was not overpowering like I thought but still nice

T= Like the tartness of grapefruit to help complete the bitterness...Nice but very suttle fruit hints

M= More please, very well balanced

D= Need to get to the store and buy more...

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Photo of smulkowski
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Lacy, dark amber, strong milky head.

Smell: Phenomenal. West Coast IPA with more subtle and floral undertones...pine, grapefruit, lilac.

Taste: Strong hop bite fades to soft biscuity malts, smooth and balanced, fades on the palate from bity to smooth to bitter. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Soft, supple body. Wonderful hop harshness fades into this again.

Drinkability: As good as could be reasonably expected from such a flavorful brew.

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Photo of dgfair
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance - beautiful golden amber color with a creamy looking off white, beige head. Lacing is left all over the glass.

Smell - slightly less hop aroma than I expected, but definite bitter pine notes along with a surprising biscuity malt scent. Very nice, and the smell is more balanced than expected, as I anticipated an overwhelming hop aroma.

Taste - superbly balanced on the front end. There is a definite wet hop flavor at first, but offset very well with a sweet malt backbone. The aftertaste is very bitter and citrusy, and lingers for an eternity on the palate. A really fantastic taste if you are a hophead...the balance is perfect and there is no shortage of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated, leading to a very creamy, velvety mouthfeel. It's not what you would expect from most IPAs, but is very nice and smooth.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink a few of these. The one caveat is that you probably need to be a hop lover to consider this a very drinkable brew, but if you enjoy hop bitterness, you will probably have no problem putting down a few of these.

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Photo of beeragent
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 24oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a creamy 1 inch head, and leaving heavy lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is dominated by the high hop profile, being mostly spicy piney hops. Not as strong in aroma as I would expect.

T - More balanced than expected. The hops flood the palate, citrusy but not overpowering. The finish is more malty, creating a light caramel taste in the end with a slightly harsh hop finish.

M - Almost heavy bodied with a nice thick mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy. High amount of carbonation and the large hop bill leaves the taste on the palate long after the swallow.

D - I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada beer that is not only drinkable, but highly drinkable. This beer is no exception. Awesome Sierra Nevada hop flavor along with a great body and aroma. Definitely a hop pleaser.

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Photo of sdmrtn
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 24 0z or so bottle

Appearance: copper golden with a nice sticky head that stays all the way down.

Smell: Very nice wet hoppy aroma with a slight sweetness.

Taste: This is quite a hoppy beer but the wet hops have a milder taste. In my opinion this beer is perfectly balanced with malt.

Mouthfeel: medium body smooth

Drinkability I could drink this every day, definitely one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of claspada
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly decent with some earthy, floral and citrus hop contributions. Nothing overpowering. Light pale and caramel malts in the background.

Taste follows the nose, quire hoppy with florals and citrus dominating. Decent pale and caramel malt backbone, more than I expected honestly.

Nice crisp mouthfeel. Good hoppy aftertaste. Worth a try.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Northern Hemisphere like all of Sierra Nevada's products is a lovely beer. Lucent coppery amber, clear and with a big rocky head of foam which leaves ample pacing.

Fresh soft and floral hops meet the nose at first whiff backed up by an equally fresh caramel malt aroma.

Big fresh hops drive this beer with more of the flora/herbal character noted in the aroma. While there are hops aplenty, this is not an over the top "hoppy" beer but being a nice blend of soft floral, slightly spicey herbal, lightly citrus hops with a strong and delicious piney resin background. The malt body is masterfully balanced with the hops, lightly toasted and drizzled with bits of caramel, somewhat sweet up front with a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a soft lusciousness to the body coupled with just the perfect amount of carbonation.

While I believe I prefer Southern Hemisphere as a fresh wet hop ale from Sierra Nevada that won't prevent me from enjoying this, my second and I doubt the last, bottle of Northern Hemisphere.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive clear, medium amber color. Head is big with great lacing and retention...very typical of Sierra Nevada.

Aroma is great. Cascade hops are obviously apparent. There is a great amount of pungent, resiny herb character along with grapefruit, pine, and grass. Very fresh smelling.

Solid bitterness and hop flavor combines with fruitiness and dark herbal character on the palate. My complaints about the beer are too much caramel malt flavor and residual sugars, and too high of carbonation. A bomber is nice to have for the fresh hop season, but I might be better off with a Pale Ale bomber.

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Photo of cratez
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Relatively fresh bomber from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. Pours a deep amber hue with one finger of rocky, eggshell white head and thin strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Smell is all about the wet, whole-cone hops, with tangerine, citrus, flower petals, orange rind, nectarine, red and white grapefruit, and resinous pine needles coming to the fore. Taste is identical to the nose with pithy, citric, and fruity hop flavours on the palate and a bold, mouth-coating bitterness to end. Some lightly toasty caramel and pale malts provide a biscuit-like backbone to balance and I also get a small trace of cookie dough. Medium mouthfeel has an indulgent silkiness about it, very juicy and oily middle, crisp carbonation with a flash of spice from the C hops and a lingering bitter finish. This harvest ale is just brimming with complex aromas and flavours. The hop oils and resins are evident throughout, and here again Sierra Nevada shows how to take a ridiculous amount of humulus lupulus and create an IPA that's much more rewarding and sophisticated than mere hop tea. A model India Pale Ale from Chico, California.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Paired with my homemade pad Thai, "bad Thai." Next time I'll get it right.

Crystal clear, almost still, orange pour. Bone marrow beige white head three fingers good. Foam is plentifully plastered by a liquid obscuring retention.

Sharp citrus and grassy hops provided by centennia and cascade. A little pine in there too. I'm not sure if the pine comes from the wet hopping or if there's a new hop called centennia or if the Sierra Nevada website is missing an "l". I'm going with option #1 and #3.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly silky smooth and largely devoid of any hop resin. Lightly bitter the hops come through mainly as a soft pine and citrus grass flavor. Malt is there in abundance but doesn't have much personality -- a starfish if you will.

In the battle of North vs. South the North wins (again). Southern Hemisphere was more pleasingly bitter I must add.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of moderately dry caramel malts with large amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are more earthy hop notes that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more subdued. Grainy caramel malt flavors with lighter pale malts kick things off and are joined almost immediately by robust pine flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn earthy with hints of lighter leafiness. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be similar to Celebration as far as the hop profile but with more earthiness. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up a beautiful copper amber color with a parchment head. The head fits your classic wet hopped characteristics to a "T" and is slick looking with great retention and lacing qualities.

The aroma is bursting with classic "C" hop character. It is predominantly grapefruit with slightly pithy citrus and some floral grassiness. The malt aromas are rich with a nice amount of caramel malt like qualities.

The flavor has a very nice hop bite to it with slightly pithy grapefruit being the main flavor my tongue is picking up. The malt background has a very nice caramel character to it and it does a good job of standing up to the dank hop flavors. This beer is quite bitter, but not out of hand. I would say that it is definitely leaning on the hoppier side of the scale without going too far off the deep end.

The body is medium with a character that is smooth up front and nice and dry on the finish. With wet hopped beers you sometimes get a crazy hop oil finish that just doesn't quit, but this one is not bad at all.

This is a very drinkable fresh hopped ale, and of all of them I have had I think it might be one of the best to have with food. If price is a concern I would definitely take this one over more expensive examples from SN or other breweries.

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Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color...tiny, lazy bubbles rise to a large head that leaves patches of lacing.

I smell pine, citrus, dog soap, and blue Bolivian dust...the aromas are subdued, effervescent, and alluring.

Even after fifty days the hops still dominate the flavors...peppery and resinous...are you sure they don't use coca leaves in this brew?

Lighter bodied, and warm with a nice tight fizz on my is slightly astringent.

Bitter but quaffable...I wish I had another!

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,641 ratings
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